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Simple "IR Extender" using standard cabling?

post #1 of 5
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Anyone knows of a simple/cheap device to extend infrared? I have a Comcast STB about 75 feet from the TV fed using 5x RG59 cables and that works great. Now I would like to be able to change channels while in front of the TV. Any suggestions. Ideally it would use cat5 cable and cost under $50. I looked on eBay and see a few devices that use 3.5mm cables. I don't need multiple anything just 1 IR in and 1 IR out.
post #2 of 5
I have one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Go-Acou...uct/B001BLTDZA

I spliced in an rj45 jack and extend the IR eye about 40 ft over regular cat5 cable. It works very well. No issues whatsoever.
post #3 of 5
I use this Xantech kit:

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=182-460

It uses RG6 rather than Cat5 though.
post #4 of 5
I used this system:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i01_details

It doesn't come as a kit, so you have to buy the IR repeater and power supply separately. I used cat 6 to wire my system up.
http://www.amazon.com/Buffalo-DV9-50...ref=pd_vtp_e_1
http://www.amazon.com/Buffalo-IR-350...ref=pd_vtp_e_3
post #5 of 5
I use the Buffalo system with cat-5 and it works great.
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